Music Blaqseed hustles to get to Festival

Blaqseed hustles to get to Festival

If you don’t make the Fringe submission date in January, don’t despair. Acoustic-soul group Blaqseed relied on a bit of luck, on-the-spot planning and tenacity to get themselves heard at this year’s Festival.

The three students between 22 and 25 years of age made a plan and found themselves playing at the Vic, Fingo Festival, Eden Grove (at Think!Fest/Wordfest) and at a Sundowner concert at the Monument.

The group has been making waves on the Johannesburg music scene since 2010 for their unique combination of acoustic guitar, soulful vocals and poetic lyrics.

Guitarist Gabriel Chauke, vocalist Lesego Moerane and rapper/MC Karabo Mokoena had originally applied to Fringe but were unable to raise the money. Instead the group took an alternative route to festival – they relied on their manager, Sipho Nkosi, who helped them organise their own Festival gigs and worked to create publicity in Grahamstown.

“It’s been an eye-opening experience here; it’s been fun meeting new people,” says Moerane. “A lot of people have been loving our music without us noticing.”

Based in Johannesburg, the group had to bum a lift to get to Grahamstown but despite all the issues they are convinced it was worth it.  Mokoena says it’s a great networking opportunity which provides “all kinds of resources that we can use”.

– Wynona Latham 

Karabo Mokoena, Lesego Moerane and Gabriel Chauke, members of the BlaqSeed, a musical trio from Johannesburg, presented 'Plantation' at the National Arts Festival 2014. Photo: Carol Kagezi.

Karabo Mokoena, Lesego Moerane and Gabriel Chauke, members of the BlaqSeed, a musical trio from Johannesburg, presented ‘Plantation’ at the National Arts Festival 2014. Photo: Carol Kagezi.

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